Arthur Carl Patet, 59, of Golden, passed away, on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Cox-South Hospital in Springfield. He was born on Oct. 11, 1950, in Oakland, Calif., to Reynold and Hilda (Ridgley) Patet, while his father was in the United States Navy. His family later moved to St. Paul, Minn., where he lived most of his school years. He worked in restaurant management and sales for many years and then, after honorably serving our country in the United States Army, he relocated to Maryland and was employed at the the U.S. Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., as a safety specialist.
He was united in marriage to Julie Hahne Thompson on Dec. 23, 1992. Together they moved to Golden in 1994 to make their home. He was employed at the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Ark., for three years and for the last seven years has traveled extensively with his wife in her employment with FEMA.
He was a member of the All Faith United Methodist Church in Eagle Rock and the Eagle Rock Community Church as well as the Higher Ground Ministry. He was a member of the W.R.S.V. Sports Association, NRA and the American Legion.
Survivors include: his wife of 17 years, Julie Patet, of Golden; his mother, Hilda Blank, of St. Joseph; three sons, Chris Patet, Brian Patet, and wife, Tracy, and Brad Patet; two step-children, Linda Moore, and husband, Freddy, and Ben Bines and wife, Sandy; one brother, Mike Patet; one sister, Lynn Meador; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the All Faith United Methodist Church in Eagle Rock, with Rev. Robert Webster officiating.
Inurnment services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Higher Ground Ministries Scholarship Fund or to the Eagle Rock Food Pantry and may be entrusted to the White Funeral Home, P.O. Box 890 Cassville, MO 65625.